Active & Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) is a comprehensive approach to increasing the use of active transportation by children and youth, and making it safer for them to do so. Active transportation means any non-motorized mode such as walking, cycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, scootering, wheelchairing, cross-country skiing, canoeing, etc.
The Active & Safe Routes to School vision is a Nova Scotia where walking, cycling or using other forms of active transportation is a popular and safe choice made by children, youth and their families for the trip to school and other places kids go.
It aims to:
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from cars
Increase physical activity
Increase traffic safety
Overall, ASRTS fosters community cohesion and produces safer, calmer streets and neighbourhoods for active transportation.
Active & Safe Routes to School in Nova Scotia is part of the Canadian Active & Safe Routes to School Partnership, a national group working to increase the number of school-aged children who travel to school using active, sustainable and safe modes of transportation.
ASRTS helps school communities create active transportation plans to help more children and youth walk and wheel our streets in safety. It offers in-depth consultations to guide school and community groups through a five-step process:
Program Setup & Identify a Program Team
Gather Data & Identify Problems
Create an Action Plan
Implement and Celebrate
Evaluation and Ongoing Monitoring
Active & Safe Routes to School Coordinator
2705 Fern Lane